What Do I Need to Apply for a Garage Permit?

More than just a place to store your car or tools, a garage is a great investment that can add significant value to your property. Like many structures, however, you’ll need to apply for and obtain a Calgary garage permit before you can go about building a new garage or upgrading your existing one. For the inexperienced, this may seem like somewhat of a daunting task. Luckily, we’re here to help by letting you know what you need to apply for a garage permit in Calgary.

Do I Really Need a Garage Permit?

All detached structures in Calgary, including sheds, gazebos, workshops, greenhouses, and garages require a permit if they are larger than 10m2 or are attached to a home. You’ll need a garage permit regardless of your planned garage’s size if attached to your home, and also if you plan on building a detached garage larger than 10m2.

In most cases, all you’ll need is a building permit (or building safety approval permit) when building a new garage or structure on your property. However, if you plan on building your garage in your front yard or it doesn’t meet location or design rules in the city’s land-use bylaw, you’ll need to apply for and obtain a planning or development permit before applying for your building permit.

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In short, yes. You will need a garage permit when adding a garage to your home in Calgary. You’ll also need separate permits depending on what utilities you plan on installing in your garage.

What Other Permits Do I Need?

In addition to your building permit, and possibly your development permit, you’ll need separate permits for gas, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC, depending on what you plan on

installing in your garage. For instance, electrical permits and plumbing permits are required in Calgary for all new wiring or plumbing installations, as well as alterations

to existing circuitry or plumbing. Thankfully, if you’re hiring a contractor to build your garage for you, they’ll typically take care of these additional permits. Some, however, might need you to apply for all necessary permits, so it’s worth double-checking with your contractor before getting started.

What Do I Need for a Garage Permit?

If you plan on hiring a contractor to build your garage for you, they should be able to apply for all the necessary permits. At a minimum, however, you’ll generally be required to provide copies of your building plan, as well as the site plan. The entire permit application process can take 12 weeks or more, so it’s worth planning and preparing well in advance. Reach out to Arc Surveys at 403-277-1272 or email us to find out more about what’s needed for a Calgary garage permit and get a free quote on any of our services today.

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Now that you know more about Garage Permits, you’ll hopefully have a better understanding the next time you need information when building any detached structure on your property. If you’re looking for more detailed information, however, then you may need an advanced survey like a Real Property Report or Property Fence Line Survey. Get in touch with Arc Surveys today at 403-277-1272 or fill in our online form to request a free quote on any of our services.

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